In addition to the board, ECOFI has two representatives to the European Commission’s Fertilisers Working Group, organised by DG GROW.
Chiara Manoli is responsible for product registration and organic certification at Ilsa SpA (Italy), where she has been employed as a researcher since 2012. Her work has increasingly focused on regulatory affairs, and she has been actively following the development of the draft EU regulation on fertilising products for the past four years. She has been attending the European Commission’s Fertilizer Working Group meetings as an ECOFI representative since March 2014.
Previously, she collaborated with ILSA on a project to develop new enhanced efficiency organo-mineral fertilisers, which developed her skills evaluating new fertilizer prototypes, in particular laboratory tests regarding the fate and behaviour of nitrogen in controlled environments. In 2010 she obtained the master’s degree in Agricultural Science and Technology at the University of Padova (Italy).
Benoît PLANQUES is the head of regulatory affairs for ITALPOLLINA S.p.A and engaged since the first discussion on the harmonisation in Paris (meeting 9 September 2009). Since March 2014, he’s one of the ECOFI representative at the European Commission’s Fertilizer Working Group meetings.
He knows also the standardisation of fertilizing products as national and European level.
In 2000 he obtained a master’s degree in Agricultural (option plant production) at AGROSUP Dijon (ENESAD-ENITA) (France).